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Will Chia (Salvia hispanica) grow up north?

14 years ago

Does anyone grow the Aztec grain plant Chia (Salvia hispanica) as a vegetable? Will it set seed in Zone 4/5?

I've read that it is very nutritious as a grain, can be eaten as a sprout or young plant, but also that it may not flower until fall in the north as it is a short day length plant. Have also read that it has apparently naturalized in Pennsylvania and Texas.

So, can anyone who has grown it tell more about it? It's now being touted as one of those old-is-new-again wonder foods.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chia health benefits

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